(Closed) Should we get a daschund?

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Can we get some more pictures of dachshunds? You guys have the CUTEST pictures! They just make my heart melt!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

More Stuart pics…because everyone loves a furbaby 🙂

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Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

This is exactly why you should get a dachshund!

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Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

And here’s why….

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Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

and finally….here’s why. I love you Hank and Gus!

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Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

daschunds are definitely cute, but in my experience they can be clingy and VERY yappy.  my mom and step-dad have one, my aunt has two and my other aunt has one and none of them are well behaved (they all nip and bark incessantly when they want something – usually to be picked up and put on the chair/bed/couch just to jump off again 5 seconds later).  My mom and stepdad trained theirs well (can’t speak for my aunts) and he has no problem with housebreaking etc and responds to commands, but in general, he’s just an ornery dog.  Sorry to all you daschund lovers out there, I have nothing personal against the breed, I just never had a good experience with them.

 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

We have always had 2 dogs…we like that they have a buddy to bond with. Theo and Stuart sleep in the same crate with each other, and they keep each other company. Since my parents work all day, it makes them happy to know that they have a friend to be with when they are gone!

Post # 40
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Helper bee

Just wanted to share our story with you…it’s a bit long but I hope you read until the end.  Smile

My brother adopted a mini doxie 5 years ago.  It was seriously love at first sight — I can close my eyes and picture this tiny little puppy romping around our backyard in the grass the day Chris brought him home.  My brother named him Odie and he’s been like my brother’s child ever since.  Odie is very much a member of our family.  In fact, one of my mom’s greatest joys in life is making him homemade dog stew every week and having home over on weekends to visit.  He’s truly a little blessing to have.   

Everything in our life with Odie has been fantastic.  He’s been a great-spirited, strong-willed (oh YES they are strong-willed and stuuuuuuuuuubborn little dogs), and very protective dog.  Life was grand for us until the night of October 6th, 2009.  My brother went to bed as usual but awoke to find Odie sitting still on the staircase, trembling and extremely bloated.  We rushed him to the animal hospital at 1AM only to find that his trembling and bloated appearance was actually a result of the incredible pain he was in.  He had somehow tweaked his back going up the stairs.  We were told to strictly crate him for 48 hours with potty breaks only.  We didn’t even make it 48 hours before we had to rush him back to the hospital in the middle of the night.  He was entirely paralyzed in his hind from that moment on. 

The animal hospital said they’d need to operate on his spine immediately or else he’d never walk again.  Even then, he had a small chance of regaining mobility in his hind.  They also wanted close to $9k for the surgery, on the spot.  We opted for a steroid blast treatment which is a less invasive (and less expensive) method.  Odie was hospitalized for just over a week and handled the treatment like a champ.

He is home with us now and doing well although he is not walking.  His doctor says he has absolutely no feeling in his hind but we feel otherwise as we DO see him up on all fours every so often.  When Chris brings out the cookie jar Odie manages to find a bit of strength to toddle on all four and beeline for the goodies!  We are continuing to rehabilitate him in hopes that one day in the future he will walk again but in the meantime, he remains a high needs dog. 

Odie has a little red wheelchair that we had custom built for him.  He also wears “pants” everyday to help with his urinary incontinence — an ace bandage lined with overnights panty liners secured around his belly.  He is also incontinent of bowel movements but because his BMs are solid, they’re not bad to clean up.  He requires frequent bathing as he does tend to get a bit “ripe” sooner than most doggies would. 

However, even with is difficulties, he’s still the same joy to us he was before.  Nothing has changed for us emotionally but physically, he’s a lot of work.  My intentions with sharing Odie’s story are not to scare you out of adopting a doxie.  Lord knows we ADORE them and have had nothing but love in our life since Odie joined our family…but I do want to spread the word that it’s important to look into their back issues and the possibilities surrounding them.  My brother will admit that his one mistake with Odie was allowing him free roam of the house.  Dachshunds are NOT supposed to jump on furniture, up on beds, or climb stairs.  Anything that adds stress to their back is a huge risk to them — just think about all the extra vertebrae they have.  Their backs are so fragile.  Please do know that Odie’s doctors have determined his back injury was inevitable as this appeared to have been a degenerative (genetic) issue.  They do believe it wouldn’t have happened at such a young age had we really babied his back, but again, they feel it was bound to happen. 

Best wishes in whatever you decide…and again, please don’t feel that I’m sharing this to scare you out of adopting a doxie.  By all means, I wouldn’t ever want to prevent this adorable breed from finding happy forever homes.  I just felt compelled to share Odie’s story in hopes of educating others on the things we should have looked into ourselves. 

Here are some photos of Odie.  He is truly the light of our lives and we wouldn’t trade him for the world!  Regardless of his disability, he’s truly the best dog we’ve ever had and he’s oh so much fun!  His stubbornness is shining brightly in the wheelchair photo – notice how he’s propped his upper body on the ground as he rebels against his new, shiny wheels!?

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